33MD for March 26, 2009

POSTED: Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 6:03pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 10:58pm

New research warns people with heart trouble should avoid energy drinks. A study out of Detroit’s Henry Ford Hospital says people who have high blood pressure or heart disease should avoid the drinks because they can “up” their heart rate and blood pressure even higher. They found, for an adult who is fit, the blood pressure and heart rate increases are insignificant, but for a person whose heart is already compromised, the drinks could be detrimental. Researchers think the problem is caffeine and taurine, two performance-enhancing ingredients.

Experts say male circumcision can help prevent the spread of a handful of sexually transmitted diseases. It’s already widely known that circumcision can protect against the spread of HIV. Now a new study done in the African country, Uganda, shows circumcised men also reduced their risk of contracting the human pappiloma virus by 35% and Herpes by 28%

Finally, women who eat soy products, especially as children, may have a lower risk for breast cancer. A study of 1,600 Asian-American women found those who ate soy once a week or more as children had a 60% lower risk for the disease. Those who increased their intake during adulthood had a 25% lower risk.